.308 Savage 10FP - What ammo does yours like?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by comacho, May 9, 2004.

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  1. comacho

    comacho Member

    May 8, 2004
    I'm just trying to get a consensus here. I know that each rifle is different, as far as the ammo that works best with it, but I would like to see if there is a pattern that is noticeable regarding the Savage .308 10FP.

    What ammo does yours like best.

  2. speedbump

    speedbump Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2002

    Winchester brass
    F210M primers
    Hodgdon Varget powder
    Nosler 165 BTs seated @ .015" off the lands

    Shoots @ .5 all day. This load works well in many rifles, and it gives you an excellent hunting load in addition to being a super plinking/accuracy load. [​IMG]

    RAMERIK Member

    Mar 14, 2004
    Speedbump is right about starting at .15 off the lands. Most people have a misconception about shooting on the lands. but they don't realize that the chambers and the throat do not wear equally. they do it oblong. So even if you do cram it on the lands the bullet still won't get that straight "jump"
    The only way to fix that is to turn necks.
    Mine likes 43 grains of imr 4895 with 168gr
    berger vld's.
  4. chessman

    chessman Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2004
    I haven’t tried everything (yet), but mine LOVES 168 grain SMK’s with 48grains of H380 seated about .005 off the lands. This load shoots .3” to .5” all day.

    It also likes 190 grain SMK’s with 41 grains of Varget at about the same free-bore. I get the same groups from either at 100 yards. Both loads are started with Federal 210M primers, in Lapua cases. I’ve played with 178 grain A-max’s but I haven’t found a load that will shoot as well as the SMK’s.

    I get a std. dev. of 9 fps with the 168’s and 16 fps with the 190’s. Please let me know what load you find works with your rifle. As a whole I would say look for hot compressed loads with a moderately slow powder charger for the round. Two friends shoot similar Savage tactical rifles and theirs seem to like similar loads. With my 26” barrel I get muzzle velocities at least 100 fps faster than the published load data.
  5. oldhoon01

    oldhoon01 Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    175gr bergers 46grain of adi 2208. 0.25 inch groups at 100m all day and night.